I am a contemporary of Bertie’s, so I was a little surprised when he claimed on RTÉ last Sunday that he entered politics because the majority of his classmates were forced to emigrate.
I suspect there was not a single class anywhere in the Republic in the 1960s or ‘70s where the majority had to emigrate. Mass emigration only returned in the 1980s, when the full effects Jack Lynch’s disastrous 1977 government were felt. Bertie, along with Liam Lawlor, Pee Flynn and Mary Harney, were among that class of ‘77 who were first elected on the basis of Jack Lynch’s shamefully dishonest manifesto.
Shame on you, Bertie, for trying to fool today’s young people as to why there was such emigration in the 1980s. Those young people who went to the US and Britain in the 1980s paid the price for FF’s election victory in 1977.
Shame on you for trying to gain from their suffering, though you casually contributed to it, by supporting the gormless Jack Lynch and then the chancer Charlie Haughey. How dare you try to use the suffering of those emigrants to prolong your career.
Have you no shame at all?